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Sunday, 30 April 2017

External Tests

Mandatory External Tests

The Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) is a mandatory test for all students in grades 9 and 10, while the Preliminary SAT (PSAT) is a mandatory test that all grade 10 students are expected to take in the ISP. These tests are fully managed and administered at school, and the school commits to bearing all the fees of these tests.

The MAP tests are computer adaptive achievement tests given in English Reading, English Language and Mathematics two times a year: one at the beginning of the year, and the other at the end of the year. The computer adjusts the difficulty of the questions so that each takes a unique test. The difficulty of each question is based on how well the student has answered the previous questions. The MAP test reports a score (called the RIT score) that determines whether a student is on-grade (above or below) level expectation in the area of focus of the test (whether Mathematics, English Language or English Reading). The score the Reading in the MAP test taken in the spring of grade 8 is used in selecting students for admission to the ISP.

Here are the MAP grade level expectations:

Grade Level RIT scores in Mathematics, Language and Reading in grades 8, 9 and 10

 

 

 

MATHEMATICS

 

LANGUAGE

 

READING

Grade

 

Beginning of Year

End of Year

 

Beginning of Year

End of Year

 

Beginning of Year

End of Year

8

 

230.2

234.5

 

218.7

221.3

 

219.3

222.4

9

 

233.8

236.0

 

220.6

221.8

 

221.4

222.9

10

 

234.2

236.6

 

221.9

222.7

 

223.2

223.8

The PSAT that students take in grade 10 prepares students to take SAT in grade 11. It is made up of three sections: Math (M), Critical Reading (CR) and Writing (W). The PSAT is much more than a pre-SAT; it is in fact a great primer for SAT. The PSAT is a terrific way to familiarize yourself with the structure, content and process of taking the SAT and get a sense of how you'll perform on the actual exam. Your score can show you which subjects you may not be particularly strong in, regardless of your grades in related classes. For example, your 90's in English class may not amply reflect your knowledge of obscure vocabulary or the specific essay writing skills that are critical for success on the test. The score on PSAT an anticipate the SAT score, thus students can make use of the time they have from grade 10 to 11 to work on improving their skills in the areas where the PSAT highlights.

Here is a chart that shows the anticipatory relation between PSAT and SAT:

SAT (CR, M & W)

 

SAT (CR & M)

 

PSAT (CR, W & M)

2400

 

1600

 

240

2340

 

1560-1590

 

234

2260

 

1510-1550

 

226

2190

 

1460-1500

 

219

2130

 

1410-1450

 

213

2040

 

1360-1400

 

204

1980

 

1320-1350

 

198

1920

 

1280-1310

 

192

1860

 

1240-1270

 

186

1820

 

1210-1230

 

182

1760

 

1170-1200

 

176

1700

 

1139-1160

 

170

1650

 

1090-1120

 

165

1590

 

1060-1080

 

159

1530

 

1020-1050

 

153

1500

 

980-1010

 

150

1410

 

940-970

 

141

1350

 

900-630

 

135

1290

 

860-890

 

129

1210

 

810-850

 

121

1140

 

760-800

 

114

1060

 

710-750

 

106

1000

 

660-700

 

100

900

 

590-650

 

90

780

 

520-580

 

78

750

 

500-510

 

75

Optional External Tests

Some of the optional external tests are the English Proficiency Tests and the SAT tests.

The two major English Proficiency tests are IELTS and TOEFL:

The International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) is a test of active English language performance for non-native speakers who wish to study using English. The test measures general language skills, and also the skills needed for study in academic institutions worldwide. The test is usually accepted in most UK universities or universities affiliated with UK education, and made up of four sections: Listening, Academic Reading, Academic Writing, and Speaking Interview.

The Test Of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is a test that measures the ability of non-native speakers of English to use and understand English as it is spoken, written, and heard in university setting. The Internet-based TOEFL (iBT) measures the same domains. These two tests are widely used in the United States of American, in addition to Colleges and Universities implementing American curricula worldwide; though some UK and Canadian Universities accept the TOEFL and iBT.

Here is an IELTS – iBT – TOEFT equivalency chart:

IELTS

iBT

TOEFL

0 – 1.0

0 – 8

0 – 310

1.0 – 1.5

9 – 18

310 – 343

2.0 – 2.5

19 – 29

347 – 393

3.0 – 3.5

30 – 40

397 – 433

4.0

41 – 52

437 – 473

4.5 – 5.0

53 – 64

477 – 510

5.5 – 6.0

65 – 79

513 – 547

6.5 – 7.0

80 – 95

550 – 587

7.5 – 8.0

96 – 110

590 – 637

8.5 – 9.0

111 – 120

640 – 677

The Scholastic Aptitude Tests (SAT) are required by most American Universities around the world. They represent the best independent, standardized measure of a student’s college readiness. There are two SAT tests: the SAT Reasoning test and the SAT Subject test. The SAT Reasoning test, which is the most common requirement by most colleges, is made up of 3 parts: Mathematics (M), whose score is 200 – 800, Writing (W), whose score is 200 – 800, and Critical Reading (CR), whose score is 200 – 800. The maximum score on SAT Reasoning test is 2400.

Except for MAP and PSAT, it is optional for ISP students to take external tests like IELTS, TOEFL, SAT, and so on. It is the sole responsibility of every student to make the required registration, pay the fees, check for test centers, and make all follow ups on these matters. Students bear all the consequences of not respecting any deadline on this.